First Creek Trail
is a really decent hike located about the mid
point of the Wilson Cliffs
in Red Rock Canyon. This trail is
outside of the Scenic Loop and fee area. It takes you through a deep
canyon surrounded by steep, sandstone cliffs.
First Creek flows
through a small channel which, like the canyon around it, is surrounded
steep, rocky walls. The trail follows First Creek deep into the canyon.
It continues beyond the source of the stream and takes hikers to places
that facilitate rock climbing.
This trail and
stream follow a substantial grade. The hike, while not difficult at all,
is more challenging than others at Red Rock Canyon. The steep grade also
gives this stream a unique quality.
As First Creek makes its way through the canyon, hundreds of tiny emerald
green pools are formed. Feeding each pool is a tiny water fall with cool,
snowmelt water. Our photo tour of First Creek looks at the emerald pools
which hide themselves from the other hikers and some of the other sights
that a visitor is likely to encounter.